Girl, 3, dies after head gets stuck between lift doors

HYDERABAD (India) • Indian police have detained a school principal and a teacher after the death of a three-year-old girl whose head became stuck in the doors of a lift.

The child, Syeda Xainab Fatima Jaffer, was taking the lift up to her classroom in the southern city of Hyderabad with her teachers when the horrific accident occurred.

Mr A. Ravinder, deputy commissioner of police, said preliminary investigations showed that "the girl died after her head got stuck in the gap when she, along with her teachers, got into the elevator".

It is not clear what caused the accident.

"The principal, the school teacher, who was said to be accompanying the kids in the elevator, and a few others have been taken into custody," said senior police officer Ganga Reddy yesterday.

Her distraught mother accused the school of negligence and demanded action be taken against its management.

"We got a call within a short while after dropping her at school and were told that our daughter had died," said Ms Jaina Fatima, who did not give a family name.

"This is sheer negligence on the part (of the) school, and we demand justice and stringent action against the school management," she told journalists at the scene.

Police said they were investigating and had filed a case of causing death by negligence.

No one at the school could immediately be reached for comment.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 18, 2015, with the headline 'Girl, 3, dies after head gets stuck between lift doors'. Print Edition | Subscribe